UW-Madison Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

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Main Office

Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
School of Education
253 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
MadisonWI  53706-1326

Tel: 608/262-3106
Fax: 608/265-3135

Email: elpa@education.wisc.edu
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The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live. —Oliver Wendell Holmes

Mission Statement

The mission of the department is to create, evaluate, exchange, and apply knowledge about leadership, learning, and organizational performance to prepare scholars and scholar practitioners who cultivate equity and educational opportunity in a diverse and changing world.

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Department Chair

Jerlando F. L. Jackson, PhD
Vilas Distinguished Professor of
Higher Education
Director & Chief Research Scientist,
Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory

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Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
Ranked #1

UW-Madison School of Education shines in latest U.S. News ‘Best Graduate Schools’ rankings


Wisconsin Center for the 
Postsecondary  Education

supports the pursuit, sharing, and
implementation of promising ideas
for addressing fundamental
challenges in postsecondary
education in Wisconsin, the
United States, and internationally

Over 125 people from throughout Wisconsin (and beyond) gathered at UW-Madison for WISCAPE's inaugural summit, Educating a Diverse Wisconsin, on April 26.

It was a great day focused on raising awareness and developing a deeper understanding of Wisconsin’s underrepresented ​student populations. 


Scott Seyforth, ELPA PhD Alum has helped produced a photography exhibit, The 602 Club in the Sixties, currently on view through July 27 in the Class of 1925 Gallery at the Memorial Union. The exhibit features rare interior images of the 602 Club taken by John Riggs between 1964 – 1968. During the 1950s and 60s, The 602 Club was one of the few public places LGBTQ folk could assemble in Madison, becoming a gathering place primarily for gay men.  The sixty images in this exhibit provide a rare glimpse into a Midwestern gay male gathering place in the mid-60s – prior to the Stonewall Rebellion. The Wisconsin Historical Society, the Chicago Gerber/Hart Archives, The Philadelphia John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives, and The New York LGBT National History Archive do not have a similar collection of interior photos of bars where LGBTQ folk gathered from the 1960s. The exhibit is a product of Seyforth’s efforts in co-founding The Madison LGBTQ Archives, housed at University Archives. 

Gwendolyn Baxley, ELPA PhD student was one of four UW-Madison PhD students selected from a pool of 600 applicants to receive a NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship
Dr. Anupama Shekar (ELPA PhD Alum) shares her story of following her passion for ensuring equitable access to quality education, no matter a child’s economic circumstance, and how it took her from a career in journalism in India, to post-doctoral research in the U.S. Her work has featured a long history of working with qualitative research and evaluation tools, including NVivo. 

From journalism to research and evaluation: a research journey

She is currently an Evaluation Consultant with the Center on Research and Evaluation at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas.
May 2018




DEADLINE:  Submitting
K12 Master's Portfolio
Summer 2018
Submit Intent Form Due June 27, 2018 

Submit August 20 by 12 AM
Reviewed by committee August 20-23
Results to Students August 24

Revisions (if required)
Due August 29 by 12 AM
Revisions reviewed August 30
Students Notified of Results August 31



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"Coaching to What End? The Development and Enactment of a Shared Critically Oriented Coaching Discourse".  ELPA Faculty Associate,  Dr. Laura Lang was recently published in The Philosophy of Coaching, an online journal. May 2018

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Professor Julie Underwood


Professor Weijia Li



Chelsea Blackburn Cohen

Awarded ELPA 2017-2018
Dissertation of the Year

Globalization and the Mobility of Ideas: A Critical Account of Academics in Exile at Colleges and Universities in the United States
(Clifton Conrad, Faculty Advisor)

Sheltreese McCoy

Where is My Place:  Queer and Transgender Students of Color Experiences in cultural Centers at a Predominantly White University 
(Colleen Capper, Faculty Advisor)

Janelle Ramsel

How Three Big 10 Universities Implement Title IX Student-on-Student Sexual Assault Policies on Their Campuses
(Julie Mead, Faculty Advisor)

STUDENTS & ALUMNI               

Small world...
Yang Zhang and Ruttanatip (Dang)
Chonwerawong, ELPA PhD alums ​never met until at a conference in Hawaii one said UW-Madison.  


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